Oxford MCCU v Warwickshire - Report
Warwickshire completed a 21-run victory over Oxford MCCU but not before they were made to work hard by the students who at one stage needed just 47 runs to win with six wickets in hand, until Tom Milnes 7-39 saved the LV= County Champions’ blushes.
Looking to make some quick early runs and set Oxford MCCU a target on the final day, Warwickshire found themselves in trouble during the morning session, losing both overnight batsmen Troughton 30 and Porterfield 10 for the addition of just 23 runs to the bowling of Oxford skipper Charles Morris.
Ben Kemp then bowled both Laurie Evans 5 and Tim Ambrose 3, while Milnes, McKay and Ali all followed for single figure scores as the Bears teetered on 113-9 having lost seven wickets for the addition of just twenty one runs.
A last wicket partnership of 18 was ended when Gordon was bowled by Ellison to leave Warwickshire all out for 131 and setting Oxford a target of 155 for victory.
Tom Milnes collected wickets in each of his first three overs, dismissing first innings century maker Agarwal to a second ball duck, and then Jones and Coleman for two runs each.
When Hannon-Dalby had Tom Fell lbw for 4, Oxford were 13-4 but then a partnership of ninety five between Sabin 50 and Williams 41 looked to be setting Oxford up for a famous victory until both batsmen were dismissed within four deliveries by Milnes and Gordon.
When Milnes then removed Bodenstein, Davison and Ellison for single figures, Oxford were left requiring 23 more to win from the last pair.
Hannon-Dalby came to the Bears’ rescue bowling Morris 11 without any further addition to complete a hard worked victory.
After a second day more akin to cricketing weather, Oxford MCCU recovered well from a poor start to their first innings, trailing by just twenty three after Sam Agarwal completed his second first-class century. At the close Warwickshire were 72-2 in their second innings, leading by 95.
Oliver Hannon-Dalby picked up an early wicket when Owain Jones 1 was lbw and followed up with the wicket of Warwickshire batsman Freddie Coleman to a Ricardo Gordon catch for three.
Tom Fell shared in a fifty partnership with Agarwal before falling lbw to Shozair Ali, giving the young Bears’ bowler his first wicket for his county.
Former Warwickshire youngster, Ben Williams batted well for his thirty six before providing Hannon-Dalby with a third wicket, while Stewart Davison 13 provided Recordo Gordon with his first wicket in first-class cricket.
Gordon then bowled Agarwal for an impressive 108 in his next over, before Ellison and Morris added a spirited partnership of sixty two for the ninth wicket as Oxford MCCU finally closed their innings on 270 trailing by just 23 runs.
Hannon Dalby 4-50 was the pick of the Warwickshire bowlers.
In their second innings, Chopra 25 and Westwood 25 posted a fifty opening partnership before both were dismissed just prior to the close of the second day when Warwickshire were 72-2 with an overall lead of ninety five.
Warwickshire closed the opening day of their match against Oxford MCCU at the Parks in a strong position after declaring on 293-9 in the final session of the day and having the home side 2-2 at the close of a bitterly cold day.
Warwickshire included three debutants, Recordo Gordon, Peter McKay and Shozair Ali in their side for their opening first-class match in England this season, before Jim Troughton won the toss and chose to bat on an overcast morning with a strong, cold wind blowing across the ground.
After making a century in the previous match against the MCC, Varun Chopra was quickly back in the warmth of the pavilion, trapped lbw by Ben Kempo for just a single, but then Ian Westwood and William Porterfield put together a partnership of seventy seven from twenty overs before Westwood 37, mistimes an attempted pull and the catch was taken running away from the wicket by Morris, to give Cornelis Bodenstein his maiden first-class wicket.
Porterfield was lbw in Bodenstein's next over and he then picked upa third wicket of the session when Laurie Evans 2, shouldered arms and misjudged the line of a delivery that clipped the top of his off stump. In the last six overs before lunch Warwickshire had lost three wickets for just six runs, lunching on 92-4.
Troughton 52 and Ambrose 59 batted well after lunch. timing the ball to all parts of the ground and completing a century partnership before Ambrose was well caught at long-on by a diving Ellison off Agarwal.
Troughton then top edged an attempted cut to wicket keeper Davison tp give Agarwal a second wicket, but Tom Milnes with a maiden unbeaten first-class half century, marshalled the lower-order, before Jim Troughton called time on the Warwickshire innings, declaring on 293-9 and leaving his side six overs at the MCCU before the close.
Milnes took full advantage and completed a good day by picking up two quick wickets, having Sabin 0, caught by Evans with his first delivery and then with the final ball of the day, trapping Bodenstein lbw for a single with Oxford MCCU 2-2 at the close, trailing by 291 runs.
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